Prabhupada said, “If it is right thing, then I am right to force you.” – Morning walk, 29 January 1977, Bhuvanesvara
Hari-sauri: Well, you may say that I’m unhappy with the authority I’ve got now, but if you force me to accept Krishna consciousness when I don’t want it, then that will also make me unhappy.
Prabhupada: No, if it is right thing, then I am right to force you.
Satsvarupa: This is against our democratic spirit in the West. It…
Prabhupada: Democratic means “demoncratic.”
Satsvarupa: That’s why they revolted against the kings, so that they wouldn’t have to be forced. “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Hari-sauri: But under that banner of saying “This is good for you,” you can force me to do all kinds of things.
Prabhupada: Yes. Yes, that is king’s duty. Then force. Otherwise why there is military force?